Triumph Rocket III Touring Review by Motorcycle Mojo Magazine

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Triumph Rocket III Classic Tourer

2008 Triumph Rocket III

Story by Neale Bayly, photos by and Nelson

Hands up all those who the Rocket III was a weird motorcycle it was released? Kicking out 140 horsepower, 147 pounds of torque, weighing 700 pounds, while looking a Boss Hoss morphed a street fighter, it could have been built by And, in keeping with the British penchant for eccentricity, it happened to be the largest displacement motorcycle ever built at cc.

Part cruiser, part bike, it didn’t enter the world unnoticed, and, it or hate it, it was hard not to be impressed the strange, bulbous British Especially when twisting the to the stop.

Since its introduction in the Rocket III has attracted a strong, if not fan base, but has left a big question for me. Why didn’t Triumph build a traditional cruiser on this It has always brought a smile to my when thinking about Bob and hopping on with their and tassels, before Bob cranks it up to six in first gear, only to his beloved Doris missing the passenger perch.

Now, the introduction of the Rocket III Touring, I can to thinking about the things men be thinking about. Because, in the words of Jamie James, “if you thinkin about women, minds a wanderin.”

Arriving in San Antonio, Texas for the press launch, I didn’t what to expect. Having put a few on the Rocket Classic Tourer in the year around Morrow I wasn’t too sure how different the new could be. But, once I eyes on the beast and sat through technical presentation about the new all was instantly revealed.

Beginning back in 2004, at the same the Rocket III was being launched, the for a more purpose built was taking shape. A new tubular twin-spine frame is used, and houses a new twin-sided swingarm, is also produced in steel. remains the same, but the trail has relaxed, which adds an inch to the wheelbase. In another from the original Rocket’s wheels, the bike rolls on a of narrower 16 inchers.

Using a wide 180-section rear this is complemented up front a 150-section rubber donut around the 25-spoke, aluminum The big news here is the way the bike Combined with the slightly seat and wider handlebars, the requires much less to initiate turns and is even maneuverable during low speed

Part of this is the seat, but the sensible-sized wheels and tires a huge part. Now, expect the Touring to carve like a sport touring but don’t expect to be dragging a lot of parts and doing a bunch of if the pace picks up either.

suspension makes for a very ride, and if you keep speeds on the side, you won’t get into too trouble. Don’t forget is still one large, heavy so you don’t want to be exploring the limits of its handling abilities soon. The 43 mm Kayaba front comes shrouded for looks and the option of adjusting the spring

The twin chrome rear also come with positions of pre-load adjustment, these days is actually basic. During our ride I feel the need to change and enjoyed the Rocket’s neutral characteristics. With good tipping into the bends, it is pleasantly stable in the high-speed we occasionally found riding in the Texas Hill Country.

The appear to be the same as before, a pair of Nissin four-pot getting touchy feely a brace of 320 mm floating discs at the In the rear, Brembo provides the caliper and works on a 316 mm disc. of these set-ups coming from the Rocket III.

The system does a good job the front brake to be strong being manic. Obviously not sport bike levels of when you squeeze the lever, it is a lot than the majority of metric the new Star line excluded. your right boot, the brake pedal needs respect if you don’t want to a long, black, smoky every time you pull up at a light.

A little abrupt it bites, it is very strong and a sensitive foot to keep locking up the rear tire. As of a very slick heel/toe set-up, the Touring is also with some very floorboards to keep your comfy when you’re

The biggest cause for conversation for owners has to be the motor. A 2300 cc, triple is not the typical cruiser but, as wild as it looks it is an torque monster. Using the internals as the Rocket III, the in power output comes ignition changes, not compression or

As with the Rocket III, the Tourer uses a sophisticated ECU to multiple sensors that throttle position, engine various temperatures, and more, to the big triple is always getting the amount of fuel and air. twin butterfly valves on the bodies, there is never a lag in the delivery at any rpm or in any gear.

The new Touring produces 108 horsepower at the This number has been to give the bike 99 horsepower at the wheel to meet European and the good news is this is by an increase in torque. With figure rising to a gargantuan 154 at 2,000 rpm, it is a full more than the Rocket III and 500 rpm lower. The new bike is over 90 heavier though, which the gains somewhat.

The way the bike from idle in any gear is as impressive and stronger than any currently made. What you do is that when the rpm get to a certain the Touring just smoothes This is where, the original III feels like the afterburners are ignited.

But this previous of power is totally unnecessary on a so Triumph has dialed the power of the new bike perfectly.

The fueling is and during our time in Texas, I one of the accessorized bikes with the breathing, aftermarket pipes and windshield. All this exhaust needs upon installation is a remap at your local and personally the more feral from the pipes would me better as a single guy who rides alone. Giving the bike an seventeen horsepower, it gives a extra kick when you

Combined with the low windshield, allows more wind to hit you reducing handlebar effort, and would be the combination for me. But for those in cruising with their half, the standard horsepower is all you are going to need. Add the large for more protection, fill up the lockable side bags, and a bag on the back rack.

You are quickly in the business with style.

Out on the back roads of Texas, was plenty of time to think the new Triumph as the big, empty slid by. The mirrors are fantastic, an almost uncluttered, vibration-free to the rear. The speedometer is large and to read and sits on top of the tank in cruiser fashion.

There is a to empty readout, two trip and an integrated fuel gauge, to all the usual warning lights, so all the of home are on board.

With bigger mudguards, a gas tank, the cruiser style and all the other styling elements, I was how different the Touring looks compared to the Rocket III. to dealers with over 70 accessories to further customize ride, Triumph is well how important this element is to riders, and I don’t think are going to disappoint in this

Priced at $19,999 for black and for two-tone models, Triumph is 2,400 units this to add to the expected 2,000 Standard they will build. So, if you always wanted the largest, most powerful production in the world, but didn’t grow up a fan of Orange and the Beatles, Triumph has gone and built the Rocket been waiting for.


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